You may not think by looking at me, but once I was young, not so long ago. In disputes between work and almost everything else, the latter usually won.
was weaned Trainspotting the opening of the mantra, so that the choice of life has been in. There was no choice of flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and funds to purchase them.
Are all young people the same, preferring to live in the present, rather than boring work and responsibility? The jury is out, although I was wondering when I heard the latest message from Brooklyn Beckham’s headquarters earlier this week.
Brooklyn, Victoria and David’s first son, was portrayed in the media as a shy, untalented slacker.
If he has any misgivings about it, he certainly doesn’t show it. It was recently revealed that Brooklyn’s mom helped him land a £1 million deal as a brand ambassador with clothing company Superdry.
The announcement was soon followed by a megabucks launch at the brand’s flagship London store, but the deal was short-lived, with Superdry announcing its termination after only a few months.
The source said Heat magazine that Brooklyn “reportedly turned down various shoots and campaigns” that Superdry had asked for because “it didn’t fit his schedule.”
Yes, apparently Brooklyn Beckham, with no discernible profession to speak of other than short flirtations with photography and cooking, has a “schedule”.
Brooklyn also reportedly blamed his mom for “pushing him” into the deal and noted that he wanted to work with Gucci instead. Oh, to have the trust of a mediocre white man with famous parents.
Now I have benefited from nepotism, as my parents were able to help me get a job through their connections. The difference was that I was 15 and the job consisted of cleaning offices, cleaning hotel rooms and working in the living room.
Like Brooklyn, I came into this summer job with all the enthusiasm for root canal surgery, and that’s probably why I was as helpful as a chocolate hair dryer.
And let’s face it, this is a habit of young people. But even at that age, I knew I had to start somewhere. There was a certain feeling that dues should be paid.
That, I think, is the difference between Brooklyn and the rest of us, because when a £1 million contract to do nothing but be yourself is considered crappy, you live on a whole different level of rights.
There have long been connotations around rights and complacency when we talk about nepotism. There is a belief that if something was not won with difficulty, not strived for, or was not won by the method of methodical planning and work, then it was not deserved. This is why most nepotistic babies are embarrassed about their privileges.
They will say that they need to work twice as hard to be taken half as seriously. They will also notice that although a certain name/connection opens doors, they have a greater responsibility to prove their worth, because doors can slam shut.
Alas, that idea seems to have been lost on Brooklyn, who seems to be quite okay with what the world thinks of him as someone who is happy to live off his famous name indefinitely. But at 23, he is still young. He has enough time to make these mistakes and learn from them.
We all had to do it – we just had to get there earlier. I still hear my mother yelling about money that doesn’t grow on trees when I refused to get out of bed on time for maid work at 16.
What it must be like for a young man when this is the case, I can hardly imagine.
How should women find time to go to the gym?
A new study reveals what most of us already knew very well: Nearly half of British women have not been active in physical exercise in the past 12 months.
A survey conducted by Nuffield Health notes that several female respondents have abandoned good habits and lost motivation during Covid.
Lack of time due to work was also a major obstacle to regular exercise.
On this particular issue, most working women, especially moms, will simply say, “Well, yeah.”
Let’s be honest – the lives of working women are simply not set up properly to comfortably include vigorous, regular exercise.
Between childcare, work, other caregiving responsibilities, and often the lion’s share of housework and emotional labor, there isn’t much room for personal motivation.
Alas, the cliché is all too often confirmed: women put themselves lower than the totem pole than almost everyone else in their lives.
Of course, it’s easy to point out the many ways in which time-strapped, nearly exhausted women can easily change all of this: there are jogging strollers, online classes, playing soccer with the kids, just extra activities. push to juggle, and so on.
But let’s not kid ourselves – there are plenty of obstacles between this and the gym.
And most of us only ever try our best.
No hooligans, racism and homophobia: women’s football is a really beautiful game
It’s so nice to see the outpouring of love and respect for the English women’s football team during the Euros. The stadiums were nearly full, the matches were broadcast in prime time and the commentary was clear.
Players like Alessia Russo and Leah Williamson are written about with the kind of undercurrent of reverence with which their male counterparts have been treated for decades.
Recognition has come a long time ago. And, given the lack of homophobia, hooliganism, toxic fans and corruption in women’s football, perhaps it really can be a beautiful game.